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campaign committee, congressman chris van hollen of maryland. thanks for joining us. >> good to be with you, chris. >> i wonder if there's a message taking shape across platforms for democratic candidates this fall ha that has to do with the economy and the republican obstruction in trying to repair it. >> yes, chris, because there's a clear pattern here and the evidence is mounting every day. beginning with joe barton's comments where he apologize to the bp revealing once again that the republican energy policy is one where they're always on the side of big oil. john boehner saying that the wall street reform bill, which is designed to make sure that never again do millions of americans lose their job because of bad bets and bad decisions made on wall street, he compared that to an ant. and there have been numerous stories about how the wall street lobbyists were crawling all over the republican leadership to work with them to try and derail the wall street accountability bill. what's very clear is that time and time again when the choice is between helping tax parnz consumers and small bu
of maryland. i've got to ask you, thanks for joining us tonight. >> my pleasure. >> are democrats just concerned about going home andfation the commercial that they let taxes go up? >> no, i think we understand that we've got to be serious about this deficit. and we've got to make some tough decisions. it's very difficult to understand why we would extend the tax cut for the wealthy. it makes no sense and we need that revenue to help balance the budget. let me just underscore the point in the last segment. we can help small business by passing the bill on the floor earlier today. that was fully paid for. there was no addition to the deficit in that bill and would have provide some tax relief for small businesses and yet, the republicans, not one was willing to vote for that. there are things we can do to help our economy but extending the tax cuts for the wealthiest won't help our economy and will add to the deficit. >> what do you make of senator conrad? he's been a deficit hawk all an along. all of a sudden he wants to favor the top 2%. he was talking about a matter of timing. for me
of maryland. it's heartless to say the least, congressman, that the republicans are doing this. what do you have to say to 4 million americans who have absolutely no help, and i get my back up when i hear that these people would just rather get a check than to go get a job? what are we going to do for these folks? >> well, first of all, i think it's a shame that the congress went on vacation to get some sun and do some travel while our constituents are suffering and, you know, ed, the thing is it seems like many members of congress, the republicans you just talked about, are more concerned about their next election than their constituents' next week, how they will get through the next week. and so i think it's a shame, and it's -- you know, when you've got some 14.6 million people unemployed and half of them, ed, have been unemployed for approximately nine months and this is the highest level of jobless opportunity that we have, this is the first time, ed, that we've ever been in this kind of situation. >> yeah. >> where unemployment benefits were not extended. so you have to wonder where's
black man. >>> joining me now is maryland congressman chris van hollen, chairman of the dccc. does president obama need to be more confrontational and forceful? you guys over in the house? how many bills have you passed that they are sitting on over in the senate? what do you make of in? >> we've got a lot of bills in the senate, ed. let me say this. the president has been very clear about calling out the congressional republicans, house and senate republican leaders on a whole host of issues. he's focused on the comments made by john boehner, the republican leader, when john boehner said that the financial meltdown and the economic pain it caused throughout the country was like an ant. he called out joe barton when joe barton apologized to bp, and the president has pointed out that if you vote for republicans for the house, you're going to get a party that's more interested in apologizing to the big oil companies than moving to a new clean energy policy, and he's called them out on trying to privatize medicare and partially privatize social security, so the president is very clear
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